I was asked to assist in a big international biathlon via a friend who was then a bike mounted highway patrol copper.
Male and female participants wearing Speedo bottoms and numbered race bib tops had a staggered start and swam across Sydney Harbour to the Sydney Opera House, mounted their bikes and pedalled multiple laps around Mrs Macquarie's Chair (a point across from the Opera House) You can't get a much better view of things that that - or so I thought.
I was quite enjoying the close up view of the cute bikini-clad rear ends as they pumped up and down on those little bicycle seats.
In a break I commented on this to my marshall/pillion. He said it would be even better when the girls started.
After I read this article, I watched OLNs coverage of the Tour last night. I focused on the motorcycle escorts. Man those guys were good. With the exception of the guy/idiot with the Columbian flag running infront of Lance they cleared a good path. Lance is detroying the competition on the mountain legs.... I encourage everyone who is interested in history to watch OLN coverage. We won't see another athelete like Lance in our lifetime...
The horrors of bicycle race support don't even begin there! How would you like to be a podium girl and have to stand next to and kiss -- twice, nonetheless! once per side on some gaunt, boney face -- some salty sweaty guy that's been riding for five hours! Ack!
Not to mention those guys look like refugees that need to gain about 50 pounds so you like like a huge cow standing next to them in front of like 800 billion TV viewers worldwide.
I'm an avid bicyclist but what those guys in the tour do is beyond belief. The sevice provided by the motorcycle escorts is unreal. I watched yesterday as a fan refused to leave the roadway and the motorcycle crew slowly but surely ran right over him. He looked no worse for wear and the big rig just sort of lean over to the right. They all got back up without further incident. The fans are nuts but that's part of what makes the tour the tour. With the British Open at St. Andrews this year it sure would have been a great week to be "over there".